On the western fringe on the Lake District, Coniston is associated with a wide variety of activities and events. The village is overlooked by the scarred, slate landscape that is the result of copper mines and quarries that once flourished amongst the fells. Today it is tourist that wander amongst the fells, often with the aim of reaching the summit of Coniston Old Man.
Arthur Ransome is another famous writer associated with Coniston and in particular Coniston Water and its islands. Arthur Ransome is famous for his children’s adventure stories ‘Swallows & Amazons’.
Across Coniston Water is Brantwood the home of John Ruskin a painter, critic, essayist and much more. You can learn more about his life at the Ruskin Museum where you will also find an exhibit dedicated to Donald Campbell who died attempting to achieve the World Water Speed Record in the Bluebird K7.
Coniston is also known for its steam yacht gondola that sail regularly up and down the lake. The National Trust own and operate the re-built Victorian steam powered yacht and sail daily from late March until the end of October. Coniston Country Fair is held in late July. This is a traditional Lakeland Show with a challenging fell race as well as Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and a host of other competitive events.